“Bloodflower”/ “Mexican Milkweed”
A MUST for any habitat garden - growing to 4’ tall and wide, it’s colorful, beautiful and EASY - plus a source of nectar for beneficial insects and a critical larval food source for our beloved Monarchs. Evergreen and shrubby. Bold red-orange and yellow flowers bloom throughout the year! Reseeds for freebies! Aphids are attracted to this plant, but don’t seem to harm its health and can be blasted off with water. Poor soil is okay with good drainage!
*Due to CA agricultural regulations, we’re required to treat Asclepias plants with BT (a non-toxic, naturally occurring biological larvicide) to help combat the Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM). If you plan to introduce Monarch caterpillars to this plant, we recommend letting it establish for one season (3 mo.) before doing so to ensure it is large enough to provide sufficient food and the BT has had time to wear off.
**To protect Monarchs from infectious parasites, cut back your Asclepias currasavica in late Fall. This will also promote a healthier plant next season.